Engineering and Information Sciences


Glen Wheeler

Current Positions:

Associate Lecturer in the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications


I graduated high school in 2002 at Foster High in regional New South Wales, Australia. Having received scholarships for the University of Wollongong I proceeded there to finished two undergraduate degrees: a Bachelor of Computer Science (with Distinction) in 2006 and a Bachelor of Advanced Mathematics (with Distinction and First Class Honours) in 2007.

For my computer science degree I majored in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Security. (I ended up writing just one paper on weighted segmented digital watermarking of collaborative works.)

For my mathematics degree I majored in formal logic, partial differential equations, measure theory, and differential geometry. My honours thesis was in the area of measure theory and concerned a classical theorem of Besicovitch, on planar Kakeya sets.

Supported by a scholarship, I began my PhD in geometric evolution equations under Dr. James McCoy and Prof. Graham Williams at the University of Wollongong in March 2007. I visited Prof. Klaus Ecker at the Freie Universit├Ąt in Berlin supported by a DAAD Stipendium in April 2008, where I gave several talks on results from my thesis. I visited Germany several more times over the years (visiting again Prof. Klaus Ecker in 2008, and Prof. Gerhard Huisken in 2009, and Prof. Carsten Hartmann, Prof. Hans-Christoph Grunau in 2010).

By December 2009 my PhD thesis was submitted. (My PhD was not conferred until December 2010.) I held a short research associate position at the Institute for Mathematics and Its Application at the University of Wollongong. In June 2010 I was awarded a Humboldt Fellowship from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Stiftung to be taken at the Otto-von-Guericke Universit├Ąt Magdeburg under Prof. Dr. Hans-Christoph Grunau.

As my AvH Fellowship ended in October 2012, I began my current appointment as an ARC Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong.

Research Interests:

Calculus of Variations, Geometric Analysis, Nonlinear PDE, Differential Geometry.

Professional Activities:

Reviewing, refereeing, societal governance, institutional governance.


B. Comp. Sci. (with Distinction) (2005)
B. Math. (Adv.) (First Class Honours) (2006)
APA Award (2007)
DAAD Fellowship (2008)
PhD (2010)
Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2010-2012)

Future Research Topics:

Willmore flow, Helfrich flow, Fully nonlinear curvature flow, spectral theory.

Research Students

  • Yanqin Fang : Gradient Flow of the Dirichlet Energy for the Mean Curvature of Closed Surfaces
  • Yuhan Wu : Gradient Flow of the Dirichlet Energy for the Curvature of Plane Curves